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Gehlot says Kovind remark 'twisted' as BJP hits back

IANS  |  Jaipur 

Rajasthan here on Wednesday said the (BJP) made Ramnath Kovind the ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections in to balance caste equations and garner votes from a particular community.

Addressing a press conference, Gehlot said, "I had read in an article, they were worried that they might be unable to form the government in worked his mind -- Make Kovind ji the to keep caste's arithmetic correct."

"I believe the party therefore decided to make Kovind the President, leaving behind in the race," he said.

But when the BJP hit back by urging the to take action on the issue, Gehlot took the usual route saying "my comments during the press conference have been misquoted by a few "

Commenting on Narendra Modi's working style, the said he had only been giving jumlas for the past five years. "The BJP is scared about people's reaction if real statistics come out on crucial issues, like jobs, and is therefore twisting data. The has never resorted to such hiding of facts and figures from public."

The BJP hit back saying the was against the President, who came from a poor Dalit community. Party said in New Delhi, "We appeal to the to give a notice to Gehlot and issues a directive that no political party should make a remark critical of the "

Gehlot was quick to send out a tweet as damage control. "It is unfortunate that my comments during the press conference have been misquoted by a few I have the greatest regards for the President of India, and personally for Ramnathji whom I have met in person and highly impressed with his simplicity and humbleness," he wrote.



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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 19:10 IST